The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force arrested two parolees on pimping charges in Ontario, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
On Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m., investigators received a call from an Ontario Police Department officer who was requesting assistance regarding four subjects suspected to be involved in prostitution.
A Task Force investigator responded to the location and learned that Ontario officers stopped a 2013 Dodge Charger for a vehicle code violation.
During the contact with the driver, Angelo Wells, 27, and the male passenger, Daunte Thurston, 27, officers discovered both were on active parole out of Sacramento for multiple violent felonies related to carjacking, assault with a firearm, burglary and robbery. Officers also noticed two women, ages 26 and 24, in the backseat of the vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, investigators found several thousand dollars in U.S. currency in possession of one of the female passengers.
Officers discovered Wells and Thurston were staying at a nearby hotel and conducted a search of their room as well. During the search of the hotel room, evidence consistent with prostitution was located, the Sheriff's Department said.
Investigators learned both of the females were actively working as prostitutes on behalf of Wells and Thurston.
Wells and Thurston were placed under arrest, transported to Ontario Police Department for processing, and ultimately booked at West Valley Detention Center on charges of violation of parole and felony violations of pimping and pandering. Both have court dates in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court set for Aug. 26. The bail for Wells is set at $500,000, and Thurston is being held without bail pending a hearing on his parole violation.
Investigators believe there may be other unidentified victims related to this case. Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Human Trafficking Task Force at (909) 387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or leave information at www.wetip.com.